Mestas-Abbott Latin Jazz Quartet
About Mestas-Abbott Latin Jazz Quartet
The Mestas-Abbott Latin Jazz Quartet plays beautiful and life-affirming songs from some to the most prolific composers of Brazilian jazz: Moreira, Oscar Castro-Neves, Toninho Horta, and others from South America, Cuba and Mexico, like Fattoruso and Manzanero, exploring also styles like bolero, Venezuelan folk and danzón.
Jill Fredericksen – drums, percussion
Drummer, percussionist – Jill Fredericksen, a Colorado native, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver. She has been an active participant in the Colorado music scene for the past 40 years including shows at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. She’s toured internationally and has been a member of Gamelan Tunas Mekar for 32 years.
Kirwan Brown – electric bass
Kirwan started playing music (piano) at age 6 and bass at age 12 and began professionally playing at age 15. He attended the University of Miami where he studied music. He released his first album, “Cool Groove” in 1994, which was listed on the Grammy voter ballot in multiple categories.
Mike Abbott – acoustic & electric guitar
Mike Abbott is currently working at the University of Denver in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences as a jazz guitar teacher. He attended the University of Miami where he earned his music degree. After this, he moved to New York and started getting bigger gigs and touring. He wrote a book called “The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook”, describing everything about the guitars and amps have developed to what they are today.
Victor Mestas Pérez – piano, keyboards
Victor was born in Venezuela and attended the J. A. Lamas School of Music. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado and is a professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Last year, he started teaching a Latin Jazz Ensemble in the Thompson Jazz Studies program.